Esplande Picture Gardens

The Esplande and William Street,
Perth, WA 6000

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Esplande Picture Gardens  The Esplande and William Street, Perth, WA

In 1908, King’s Picture Gardens in William Street became the first theatre in Perth designed and built for the presentration of moving pictures with a capacity of 2,000. On Wednesday 27th December 1911 there was a change of ownership and it became Spencer’s Esplanade Gardens, featuring films and boxing events.

The Gardens continued to run as Spencer’s Esplanade Gardens until 1923. At the time it was last open-air Picture Gardens in the city proper. Boxing events continued to be held in the gardens until April 23, 1926. Then it was announced that within a few months building will be commenced on a large city central garage. The site was later redeveloped to become the Capitol Theatre and the Temple Court buildings, also housing the Embassy Ballroom at 2-10 William Street.

Contributed by David Coppock

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davidcoppock
davidcoppock on August 3, 2015 at 11:44 pm

The Esplande Picture Gardens were replaced with the Temple Court and Embassy Ballroom opening in December 1928, and closed on 26/11/1982 at 1.30am with an Elvis Presley medley, and demolished in December 1982. The site is now Wesfarmers Headquarters. There is a picture of the Esplande Picture Gardens in the book “Stage, screen and stars(page 38).

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film on November 22, 2019 at 3:39 pm

Esplande Picture Gardens – The Esplande & William Street, Perth, WA

In 1908, King’s Picture Gardens in William Street became the first premises in Perth designed and built exclusively for the presentation of moving pictures, before becoming Spencer’s Esplanade Gardens in 1911, which combined films with boxing events. This site was later redeveloped to become the Capitol theatre and the Temple Court buildings housing the Embassy Ballroom at 2-10 William Street, Perth – Contributed by Greg Lynch –

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